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Whitesell Prize

Phyllis C. Whitesell Prizes for Expository Writing in General Education

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Each spring, the Writing Center awards three Phyllis C. Whitesell Prizes to recognize excellent student writing in the General Education curriculum. For writing in a course that fulfills the First-Year Writing Requirement, two prizes are awarded:  one for an essay without research, and another for a research paper.  The third prize will to go an essay written in a Foundations course.  
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    First-Year Writing submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. on December 15th, 2013.

    In the Spring semester, the Center will notify finalists for the prize. Those writers will be given opportunity to further refine their essays. The deadline for final submissions will be March 8, 2013.

    First-Year Writing submissions must have been written during the Spring 2013 or Fall 2014 semesters.  

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    Foundations essay submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. on March 7th, 2014.

    Foundations submissions must have been written between March 9th, 2013 and March 7th, 2014.


    Writers who wish to enter the competition must revise their work for submission and, as part of that process, must work with a student Writing Assistant at the Writing Center on at least one occasion (which may be before or after the piece has been submitted for a grade).

    Whitesell Prize winners each receive

    • a $200 cash award
    • and featured placement in the Writing Center's annual publication Best of the Whitesell Prize booklet

    Honorable Mention essay writers each receive 

    • a $75 cash award
    • and publication in the Best of the Whitesell Prize booklet

    Here are examples of past years' winning Whitesell Prize essays:

    For more information, contact the Writing Center at, or call 717-291-3866.

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    Phone:  717-291-3866

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3003, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA  17604-3003